8733373815_d028cb96b1_bIt’s summer time! For some of us, that means backyard BBQ’s and days spent by the pool. Add kids and dogs, and it can get pretty chaotic, and not so fun. So we are working really hard to keep our dogs calm and controllable around the pool. A child could very easily get hurt if a dog went after a pool toy that someone threw in the water.

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8378321977_e421caab60_bOne of the things I wanted to work on at the Wildrose DAD conference was to get Major off his pinch collar. A pinch collar is a collar that has prongs on it to aid in controlling the dog. Major has always been a puller, and in his previous life, was abused with an e-shock collar, and has a very strong neck. The gentle leader/halti device always leads to him rubbing his head on the ground, so the pinch collar became our go to to keep life easy.

And let’s be honest. The issue has always been that I was lazy. We worked hard on other things with him, we had the pinch, it worked, and I moved on to other things.

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I learned a lot of things at the Wildrose DAD Conference. Not all of them dog/DAD related. Here are just a few:

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I was given the wonderful opportunity to speak at the Wildrose DAD conference, as a family living with a DAD. I couldn’t get through the whole speech, and for that I apologize. These dogs, and the type 1 community mean so much to me, and I struggled reading it through tears, but here it is in it’s entirety. Please let me know what you think.

It started off with an introduction by me, but the important concepts to take away from it are that this path is a hard one, and requires constant work and effort. And the successful teams you met (I’m always hesitant to put myself in that group as I am in awe of all the work the teams of Charlie, Ruby, Willow and several others have done) and saw this weekend AREN’T lucky, they work their asses off (WE work our asses off). Always remember the words of Samuel Goldwyn: More »

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